The healing garden of Knockrose is situated 500 feet above sea level nestling on the shoulder of The Scalp, a geological feature formed by the melting waters of a glacier. Tom and Trish Farrell are the owners and custodians of this beautifully cultivated unique garden, which is backed by an old mixed forest. Attached to a traditional farmhouse and farm buildings, built on the site of a castle at the edge of The Pale between the border of Dublin and Wicklow, it has been evolving over the last seventy years.
The garden is packed with a wide variety of cottage garden plants, shrubs and trees interspersed with areas of lawn, an organic vegetable plot and secluded seating. Mid-May sees the scented deciduous azaleas in bloom and late June/early July is heavenly perfumed by roses and philadelphus. Old granite mushrooms, stepping stones and standing stones along with a variety of Susan Cuffe copper wire sculptures (www.susancuffe.ie) feature throughout.
This garden is a very special place worthy of visits from horticulturists, hobby gardeners and those who just enjoy beautiful, peaceful, spiritual surroundings.
Travelling on the M50, take Exit 15 signposted Kilternan. Follow signs for Kilternan and when you reach a set of traffic lights at a T junction (Farmer Browns Traditional Pub and Restaurant will be opposite you), turn Left onto R117 Dundrum/Enniskerry road. Knockrose is situated 2 miles away on the Scalp, opposite the Ski Club of Ireland slopes and beside Scalp Wood Nurseries.
SatNav Coordinates: 53.221238,-6.181807
Travelling from Enniskerry: after 2 miles you will pass through The Scalp, a steep v-shaped valley. You will pass 2 houses on the left-hand side of the road and then Knockrose is the first entrance on the Right (concealed, and immediately after a sharp right-hand bend)
Travelling from Kilternan, it is the 1st entrance on the left after the Scalp Wood Nurseries.
By Appointment Only. Contact Trish at 087-619 3455. Please bring EXACT Entry Fee €6 per person. Social Distancing guidelines must be observed.
Tea/coffee and homemade biscuits available by arrangement (€4.00 per person).
Guided tours – (Allow approximately 1 hour). Plants for sale. Not suitable for wheelchairs or children. No dogs.
Studio available to rent, suitable for meetings, Art workshops, Art Exhibitions, etc.
The Calm House is available for Yoga, Meditations, Art Exhibitions, Lectures, etc.
The Calm House and Garden are available for Small Intimate Wedding Ceremonies.
Powerscourt House & Gardens
Enniskerry Victorian Village
Johnnie Fox’s Traditional Pub
Best time to visit:
Mid May – August.
Patricia & Tom Farrell